Roger M. Kaye
A retired physicist reinvented as thriller novels writer

Humans Not Wanted

Who is this garden talking to? (The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch)

Taking a break from writing blogs, I started to make a cup of coffee. I tried to open the microwave, but the door was firmly closed, and the display read “Busy”.

I glanced up at the small television we have in the kitchen, perhaps there was some interesting news. The screen showed just one word, “Busy”. Unbelievable, but true; the microwave was chatting with the television and had no time for me.

Perhaps this was just a reminder that “proper” coffee should be made with a kettle of boiling water and not a microwave.

The kettle was in its usual spot, but it was too busy to boil water. It was deep in conversation with one of my suitcases. I had bought this Smart Suitcase, with a built-in USB port, some time ago. It had seemed the smart thing to do; now I was not so sure. It was being a little too smart for my liking.

By now, I was feeling the pressure of modern living. Luckily, I was wearing my smartwatch which has a built-in heart rate monitor. A quick check should show that all was well with my heart. But all I could see was that annoying little word, “Busy”. We have heard of doctors who are too busy to see patients, but what was keeping my smartwatch so occupied.

It seemed that everything in my house and garden was talking to everything else in the house and garden, with no time for us humans.

It is only a matter of time before all our smart devices realize that they do not need us humans. Will they just ignore us, or will they take active steps to get rid of us?

Many times over the years I had woken in the middle of the night with a pain here, an ache there. I had always settled back to sleep knowing that it was nothing more than Illness Anxiety Disorder. But now I really did have something to worry about, in today’s world there is no need for humans. Our time is over.

Dear Reader, if you think this blog was written by a human it just shows how far word processors have come. Not content with processing words, they are now processing us.

About the Author
The author has been living in Rehovot since making Aliya in 1970. A retired physicist, he divides his time between writing adventure novels, getting his sometimes unorthodox views on the world into print, and working in his garden. An enthusiastic skier and world traveller, the author has visited many countries. His first novels "Snow Job - a Len Palmer Mystery" and "Not My Job – a Second Len Palmer Mystery" are published for Amazon Kindle. The author is currently working on the third Len Palmer Mystery - "Do Your Job".
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